Positive Solutions Program

The Positive Solutions program serves homebound seniors (60+) with minor depression from all cultural backgrounds in the County’s Central, North Inland, and North Coastal Regions. Trained staff is able to help clients recognize symptoms of minor depression, identify possible causes and ways to cope. This is achieved through short-term psychoeducation, evidence-based PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives for Seniors) model, and other brief interventions. The program is administered by the Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC). For more information on assistance, benefits and appropriate resources, visit upacsd.com or call (619) 238-1783.

“Our senior clients manage their lives better by learning a method to solve problems that contribute to the way they are feeling. Clients learn to increase pleasant, social and physical activities. We focus on small goals in the beginning, such as getting the mail every day or calling a friend or family member, and gradually clients can work on bigger issues in their lives. We remind them that depression is not a normal part of aging and that they can feel well. Our goal is to empower seniors to gain control over their daily life struggles and to make positive impacts in their lives.”-Pei-Chen Emily Wu, Psy.D. Program Manager